The clichés all say that morning people are basically the height of everything you want to be. “The early bird gets the worm.” “You snooze, you lose.” “Early to bed, early to rise.” We get it, you’re better than the rest of us. Well as it turns out, that is no longer the case. That’s right, call your mom and let her know all those mornings you could have spent sleeping in would’ve actually made you smarter.
Researchers (who’re probably night people) from several different universities have found that overall, waking up early isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It all begins from the days of “five more minutes, mom.” They found that all of those smart kids you envied are more likely to grow up to be nocturnal adults who wake up late on both weekdays and weekends. Take that, parents.
If you want to sound like a total snob, technically if you’re hitting snooze in the morning, you’re more intelligent. At the University of Madrid, they found that out of 1,000 students, the morning people scored lower on tests associated with general intelligence. And at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, they found that not only are morning people less intelligent, they’re also not as creative. Those yoga-doing, smoothie drinking morning people had trouble scoring over a 50 on tests that measured creative thinking. Namasté that.
For even more bragging rights, not only are morning people less intelligent and less creative, they’re also less productive. Feel the burn, yet? While all you morning people are working out and instagramming photos of your coffee cup held against the sun rising, you’re wasting your time. At the University of Liege in Belgium, researches took 15 “extreme early risers” and 15 “extreme night owls” and measured their brain activity when they first woke up, and then again 10.5 hours later. And I bet you can guess who came out victorious. Yup, the night owls. After 10.5 hours, the once praised early birds had “lower activity in brain regions linked to attention and the circadian master clock, compared to night owls.” HA!
Enjoy your breakfast, morning people. I’ll be enjoying my sleep where I’m probably dreaming of something intelligent and creative while being productive. .
[via Elite Daily]